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28
Dec

William A. Ziemer

William A. Ziemer, 90, of Gays Mills, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at Gundersen Health Center in La Crosse.

He was born May 31, 1928 to Clara (Kasper) and William A. Ziemer, Sr. in Milwaukee. He attended Washington High School and Marquette School of Engineering.

Bill held some fun and interesting jobs while attending college. He was full of many stories of his mis-spent youth. For many years, he traveled throughout the continental United States, Canada and spent some time in Switzerland. When he was asked to go to Saudi Arabia to set up a desalination plant, he decided he needed to be in one spot. He bought his farm in rural Gays Mills and went to work at Advance Transformer as an industrial engineer, later to become the plant manager at the Monona, Iowa, location. He retired in 1987.

Fri
28
Dec

Stacy J. Polodna

Stacy J. Polodna, 50, of Bagley passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at his home, following an extended illness. 

He was born Dec. 18, 1968, the son of Peter and Janet (Cherrier) Polodna. 

Thu
27
Dec

Gene L. Taylor

Gene L. Taylor, 83, of Clinton, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at Azura Memory Care in Clinton. 

Thu
27
Dec

Dr. Michael Stephen Garrity

Dr. Michael Stephen Garrity, “Dr. Mike,” 86, a lifelong resident of Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly on Dec. 18, 2018 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

Born Feb .11, 1932, to William and Elizabeth (Cull), he attended Campion Jesuit High School and graduated from Marquette Medical School. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Bangor, Maine, during the Korean War. 

Wed
19
Dec

Mildred (Mayer) Sanders

Mildred (Mayer) Sanders, 86, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Rapid City, S.D.

Mildred “Millie” was born on Oct. 12, 1932, in Prairie du Chien, to Pearl (Ducharme) and Anton Mayer. 

After spending years growing up in Wisconsin and Iowa, she spent four years in the Air Force and met her husband, Floyd, “Sandy” Sanders in Denver, Colo., where they both served in the Air Force. They were married in Denver and moved around to various bases, with their children and eventually settled in Rapid City.

Mon
17
Dec

James J. 'Jim' Wachter

James J. “Jim” Wachter, 88, of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at his home in rural Harpers Ferry. 

James Joseph Wachter was born April 13, 1930, in Waukon, the son of Joseph and Leona (Livingston) Wachter. 

Mon
17
Dec

Wilma J. Troester

Wilma J. Troester, 84, of River Falls and formerly of Prairie du Chien and Garnavillo, Iowa, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

She was born July 5, 1934, in Clayton County, Iowa, the daughter of Homer and Bernice (Frederick) Wilke. She married Curtis Troester on June 15, 1953, in Glenview, Ill., and they later divorced. She worked at Knapp’s Furniture and the Piggly Wiggly in Prairie du Chien. Wilma later owned and operated the Villa Oasis in Prairie du Chien for several years and later worked at the Marquette Cafe. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and needlepoint and loved to travel. She was a member of the Garnavillo Legion Auxiliary. 

Mon
17
Dec

Pastor Loretta 'Lorie' Irene Betz

Pastor Loretta “Lorie” Irene Betz passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the age of 66.

Lorie was born in Milwaukee, and grew up in La Crosse. She graduated from Central High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Lorie taught school in Prairie du Chien, and taught piano lessons to many young pianists over the years.

Later in life, Lorie chose to follow a longtime passion. She attended Wartburg Seminary and earned a Masters of Divinity. After years of serving the Methodist Church, Lorie was called to serve in the ordained ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Recently, Lorie served as Chaplain at Bethel Home and Services in Viroqua.

Mon
17
Dec

Michael R. Bartz

Michael R. Bartz, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Aug. 25, 1941, in Milwaukee, the son of Harold and Florence (Hackbarth) Bartz. 

Michael served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963, during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Florida Keys. He married Vivian Wall on April 18, 1964, in Elm Grove. Michael served the city of Wauwatosa as a police officer for 27 years until his retirement. 

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vivian Bartz of Prairie du Chien; his son, Michael (Michele) Bartz of Bagley; and a sister, Lynda (Wayne) Parfitt of Gays Mills. 

Mon
17
Dec

Virgie M. Taylor

Virgie M. Taylor, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

 She was born May 11, 1926, in Bloomington, the daughter of Arthur and Hazel (Oates) Chapman. Virgie graduated from Bloomington High School in 1945.

She was united in marriage to Herbert W. Taylor on Sept. 6, 1945. Herb and Virgie raised their family in Lancaster, and operated Taylor Christmas Tree Farm. In 1965, Virgie became a member of the Lancaster Country Club, where she enjoyed socializing, playing in many golf tournaments and winning awards. She was also a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church, its Ruth’s Circle, and the Red Hatters. Virgie enjoyed bridge club, playing cards, dancing and traveling. 

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